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ELLE Decoration UK March 2018

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ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

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2 min.

informs every area of our lives. From red ‘Stop’ signs to flashing blue police sirens, green traffic lights to blinking yellow Belisha beacons, our reactions to the colours we come into contact with on a daily basis are often instinctive and emotive; something we don’t even have to think about. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case when it comes to combining shades ourselves – whether it’s deciding what to wear, or, more crucially, decorating our homes, working out what could or should go together is often a tricky decision. To help with this dilemma, this month we’ve come up with our first dedicated Colour section. Inside, you’ll find considered advice on what paint schemes work and why. We reveal how the Scandinavians are moving away from all things white and choosing brighter…

7 min.

HOP TO IT Like the insect after which they are named, Knoll’s ‘Grasshopper’ tables possess great poise and grace, described by their designer Piero Lissoni as ‘weightless and compact objects, so thin that they look able to lift up and take to the air’. Long, slender legs finished in chrome (burnished or lacquered) support a thinly sliced top crafted out of glass, Statuarietto marble or less common materials such as ruby red marble or fossilised wood. From £3,870 (knolleurope.com). THE GREAT DIVIDE Italian brand Caccaro’s ‘SideView’ is a sideboard, a room divider and clothes hanger. This multitasking wonder can be placed almost anywhere in the home – use it as a partition in an open-plan space, to create a stylish entrance zone by the front door, or as a standout storage piece. You…

2 min.
name to know

What’s Rundle’s background? Born in Auckland, he was keen on drawing from an early age and always wanted to design. ‘All of the designers I admired – Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm – had originally studied architecture though, so I thought that’s what you do.’ Specialising in industrial design back in New Zealand, he worked for Formworks Design – creating cutting-edge transport and farming systems – before moving to London to head up the design teams at two of the most renowned modern British brands, Tom Dixon and Conran & Partners. Why is he making waves now? Having left Conran & Partners in 2015 to set up on his own, things are now really getting going for the talented designer. Rundle’s Hackney Wick studio has just enough space for a flexible team…

2 min.
destination store

What’s the store’s history? James Chaplin opened his eponymous furniture shop in north London in 1993. It may have been small to begin with, but rapid expansion saw it upsize to its current 2,322-square-metre home in Hatch End. Its mission is to vanquish the need to visit multiple stores for every different brand or product on your interiors shopping list. Today, it is known as a tried-and-trusted stockist. What will I find there? The latest collections by heavyweight brands, such as B&B Italia, Porro, Ligne Roset, Porada, Cattelan Italia and Hulsta, alongside classics by Panton, Le Corbusier and the Eames, plus a few new collections from emerging designers. The standard is consistently high: ‘If any piece cannot stand on its own on a plinth and be considered something of beauty, then…

3 min.
my cultural life

In the 1970s, Dame Zandra Rhodes’ textile designs earned her the nickname ‘Princess of Punk’, and her printed dresses from the era are collectors’ items – her greatest hits have recently been recreated by hand, and are available to buy on Matchesfashion.com. In 2003, Rhodes founded London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, and she still works at her headquarters above the building. Last year she converted some of her prints into rugs, in collaboration with Floor Story (from £350, floorstory.co.uk; @zandra_rhodes_; zandrarhodes.com). My all-time favourite piece of music is Boléro by Maurice Ravel (3). As my original mentor [fashion editor] Diana Vreeland (7) said, ‘The eye has to travel’, but now that I can’t travel extensively for inspiration, music has become important for letting my imagination run wild. The record that makes me…

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history of a brand

‘Everything has a prehistory, and this one is about laziness and wire’ is Swedish design professor Kerstin Wickman’s analysis of the origins of the String shelving system. There was an element of serendipity to the success of this classic, for the concept was already half-formed in the mind of its creator Nils ‘Nisse’ Strinning (1917–2006) when, in 1949, Swedish publisher Bonnier launched a competition to design a bookcase for its affordable editions. Strinning, then a young architecture student, had already designed one of the world’s earliest dish racks for a company named Elfa. Made of the then newly invented plastic-coated wire, its basket-like structure formed the basis for the String system’s ladder framework, which Strinning developed with his wife Kajsa, a fellow architect. He later claimed to have had his…